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Black candidate makes history as women advance in US midterm polls

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23 May, 2018 15:46 PM



Black candidate makes history as women advance in US midterm polls

Ms Abrams spoke at the 2016 Democratic convention, where Hillary Clinton was nominated: GETTY IMAGES

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A former Georgia lawmaker and author has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state.

Stacey Abrams won the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, telling voters that trying to "convert" Republicans into Democrats had previously failed, reports the BBC.

A Democrat has not held the red state's governor's mansion since 2003. Abrams, 44, will face a Republican candidate in the high-stakes mid-term contest in November.

Lt Gov Casey Cagle won the Republican primary on Tuesday, and will face Georgia's secretary of state Brian Kemp in a run-off on 24 July to decide her eventual opponent.

If elected in the deeply conservative state, Ms Abrams would become the first woman and the first person from an ethnic minority to lead the southern state.

A number of women battled for and won their Democratic Party mid-term bids in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas, highlighting the strength of female candidates in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Among the winners was political newcomer Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot, who won a Kentucky primary for a seat in the US Congress.

"It's more, this time, this climate, right now," Ms McGrath told CNN before her win against Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. "It's very clear that people are looking for more women."

The US currently has six female governors. Abrams prevailed over Stacey Evans, a 40-year-old state representative, with three-quarters of the vote.


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